Life

Why I Learned to Date Myself

I have a confession: as I write this, I’m sitting on my couch, drinking a to-go Banana Royale milkshake from an amazing burger bar just a few minutes down the road from my house. The restaurant is one of my favorite places to eat; they have gourmet burgers, fries, shakes, and drinks. My favorite burger combination is a turkey burger with Swiss cheese, mayo, avocado, lettuce, and I like to add on a fried egg. My side is usually sweet potato fries with a yogurt dipping sauce. My fruity drink is a coke with grenadine.

My husband isn’t a fan of said burger bar. He says the service is slow, the burgers are piled too high (“I can’t pick it up”), and it’s too expensive (“Fries are extra? What is this?”). Now, all of his points are valid: we could get cheaper, faster burgers with fries included somewhere else, but it’s still my favorite. So I save it for date night.

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Life

Here’s to 2017

I hope you’ve had a very merry Christmas and a happy new year! I decided to take off a few weeks from blogging since, let’s face it, this time of year is so busy! My husband and I took off a couple weeks from work and started our Christmas vacation in Freeport, GBI with my parents, sister, and brother, then flew back to NY (stayed up until 3am finishing a Christmas blanket for my niece) and drove up the next morning to Syracuse for another two days with my husband’s family.

And now here we are, the holidays are over and it’s the first day of 2017. I feel like with each passing year, I can’t help but ask myself where the time has gone (which I find weird since I’m only 25 and that’s something a 60-year-old says, haha). It’s officially 5 years since I graduated from college. I’ve been working in my current job for The Salvation Army for 3 years. My husband and I have been married for a year and a half, and this year will be 7 years as a couple.

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Books/Entertainment, Writing

Book Review: “On Writing” by Stephen King

A few months ago, I started feeling more and more like I was throwing away my college degree. Now, it’s not that I don’t use that knowledge every day–someone who can write and edit well is always appreciated–but I spent my college days writing stories and poems, and since that time nearly 5 years ago, I haven’t put the time or the effort into the thing I claim to love most.

I think I really started to take this seriously because, 1) I’m now published once a month in the Young Salvationist, and 2) I just turned 25 and feel like I don’t have anything to show for it. Yes, you could say, “But Rachael, 25-year-olds aren’t supposed to have anything to show for in life.” But I can’t help but disagree in my soul. As much as I love having the YS credit to my writing career, I’m feeling greedy, and I want more.

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Life, Spiritual Walk

What I Want to Say to My 20-Year-Old Self

Dear Friend,

Last weekend, I was at a Territorial conference for young adults with my department. Among some seriously busy days of setting up and running around, I had the opportunity to work with a woman from another department in the creation of a “Words of Wisdom” video to play at the closing meeting. Basically, the idea was that we would invite most of the special guests to come over and talk to us, and answer our question: “If you could speak to your 20-year-old self today, what would you tell him/her? What advice would you give.”

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Life, Writing

Happy Birthday to Me!

Dear Friend,

I feel like it has been forever since I’ve been able to sit down to write. In reality, it’s only been 2 weeks, but these weeks have flown by. All I can say is that the huge event at work that our department has spent over a year planning was this past weekend. It was intense–every day felt like 2 or 3 days smashed together, with only a few hours of sleep between them. But I am finally home, have had a couple days to rest, and had a lovely celebration of my birthday.

As I turn 25 years old today, I’m feeling a bit introspective about my life. Honestly, I’ve spent a few days feeling this way and thinking about how my life has changed in only a few years. Five years ago when I entered my 20’s, I was a senior in college, dating my now-husband for a little over a year, and I had no idea of where my life would lead. Honestly, it’s a testament to God’s faithfulness that I am where I am today with a loving husband and a job that I enjoy.

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Life, Spiritual Walk

Be a Mentor

Dear Friend,

Recently I was given the opportunity to sign up for a mentoring program in my local school district. The Superintendant asked all the churches in the area to supply mentors for all 250+ incoming Freshman to the high school.

You see, where I live is on the edge of a very poor school district, where the graduation rate in 2014 was only 60%. The community wants to change that, in part by supplying a support group to these teens, especially in situations where they don’t have one.

When I first learned about the program, I felt a tugging on my heart and I knew I wanted to be a part of it. Not for me, certainly not, but because I know what it’s like to feel like you don’t have anyone to talk to.

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